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June
2017
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11:55
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E.ON colleagues put their energy into raising £40,000 for Alzheimer’s Society

Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON
I’m really proud of the way colleagues have taken up the challenge of raising money for Alzheimer’s Society, whether that’s by baking cakes, buying those cakes or taking on their own personal challenge to run a marathon or cycle the length of the country.
Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON

Big hearted employees of E.ON based at its Leicester office have helped to raise more than £40,000 for the energy company’s charity partner, Alzheimer’s Society. The two-year relationship began in the summer of 2016 with the aim of donating £200,000 to fund the charity’s Dementia Support Workers by mid-2018.

With around 400 employees working at the E.ON site on the city’s Raw Dykes Road, thousands of cakes and samosas have been baked, sold and eaten, and colleagues have regularly donated funds to dress down in denims, and to dress up in costume, including as elves and in outfits inspired by decades past.

Suzanne Doxey, E.ON’s Community Relations Manager, said: “I’m really proud of the way colleagues have taken up the challenge of raising money for Alzheimer’s Society, whether that’s by baking cakes, buying those cakes or taking on their own personal challenge to run a marathon or cycle the length of the country.

“The money raised by each of these activities, big or small, adds up and get us closer to our £200,000 target. It’s really heartening to think that we’ve already managed between us to raise £40,000.”

Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as E.ON’s official charity partner by colleague vote, and all of the money raised and donated by the company and its employees is used to fund community-based Dementia Support Workers, including in Leicester.

These professionals are on hand to help people who have been diagnosed with dementia take control of their lives and make sense of what is happening. This can include explaining how dementia progresses and also providing practical advice on things like getting financial affairs in order, claiming benefits and making referrals to the other available support services.

Helen Whittington, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Leicestershire and Rutland, said: “Being diagnosed with dementia can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. Our Dementia Support Workers can help by working directly with people in this situation and their carers to maintain their independence, improve their sense of wellbeing and provide healthy lifestyle advice.

“Alzheimer’s Society provides a dementia support service in Leicester and Leicestershire, alongside an Advocacy Service, Singing for the Brain, activity groups and Dementia Cafes. Dementia Support Workers are available for home visits but can also provide telephone support and the café facilitators can provide information at our local groups.”

For more information on accessing this service, please call Alzheimer’s Society on 0116 231 1111.

For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity

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Notes to editors

Photo shows Jane Branscombe (E.ON, centre) presenting the cheque for £40,000 to Alzheimer’s Society Leicestershire and Rutland representatives Helen Whittington (left) and Michelle Larke (right).

For more information contact:

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183 681, jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

Naomi Troy, 02476 180 523, naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

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